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Senior Co-Curricular Activities


The Roedean Debating Society promotes active conversation, critical thought, and communication skills.



In the Senior School there are two teams, Junior Debating and Senior Debating, and both participate in the SACEE Debating Competition, which runs throughout the course of the year, providing students with the opportunity to think on their feet and to hone their debating skills and knowledge of national and international events and trends. 

Our students also participate in the World Scholar’s Cup and the Gauteng Provincial teams.

Beyond the debating society achievements, their greatest success as a society is creating a safe space in which learners feel able to engage and challenge ideas that affect them directly. We also pride ourselves on being a family united by the pursuit of intellect, understanding and tolerance.


MUN Debating

Roedean has developed a strong tradition in Model United Nations Debating – which involves pupils’ representing countries with a view to researching and discussing issues and, through diplomacy, trying to find resolutions on matters that the real UN is currently facing.

Roedean participates in the annual national MUN debate organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs at Wits University. MUN pupils spend weeks researching and strategising global issues and representing Roedean on national platforms. 

Also organised by SAIIA are Gauteng Legislature debates, which focus on a provincial, not international, context; rather than schools being allocated countries to advocate for, they raise the concerns of their school and surrounding community. Recent debates such as this have created a working document that will be taken to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) so that changes can be made within our communities and province. 

The annual International JoMUN organised by the International School in Johannesburg, gives pupils the opportunity to research and debate pertinent topics and interact with schools internationally.

International organisations, such as the EU and UNICEF, interact with SAIIA, and MUN youth have formed a Youth Policy committee, which is a platform for the youth to get involved in contributing to national policy issues. Most debates involve addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dale Quaker

Dale Quaker is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Cupric Africa, a private equity owned mining company which through its Botswana sister company Khoemacau Copper recently completed the building of its copper silver project.

He was previously the CFO of the Khoemacau Group leading the finance function as the Group transitioned from an exploration company, through the fundraising of a $650m debt, streaming and equity funding package through to completion of construction..

Prior to joining Cupric, he was an independent consultant to the mining and construction industries. In his last corporate role, he headed up the marketing and logistics function for Xstrata Coal South Africa, after having fulfilled a senior finance role in the company previously..

Dale held roles at BHPBillition subsidiary, Samancor Chrome, both at the operations and corporate office in Johannesburg. Dale is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Management Accountant and has three daughters at Roedean.